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Houston Fine Arts Scene 4Q10

Ron Scubadiver:

This is the companion to yesterday’s post. Please click on “more words” to view the original and its gallery of 8 portraits.

Originally posted on Ron Scubadiver's Wild Life:

Luvlee Lauren Ashley

Luvlee Lauren Ashley

8 Photos in This Gallery

These people were photographed at various art venues in the final quarter of 2010.  Lauren is a professional model who was giving out free samples.  You can find her on Model Mayhem.

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One Fine Morning

Koi

Koi

In the morning I was just wandering around Kihei Beach with a camera.  Later that day I checked out of the hotel and had several hours before the rental car would be returned so I cruised over to Maalaea Harbor.  In a corner of the ocean where the jetty meets iron shore there were at least six large sea turtles feeding among the waves and rocks.  I took some liberties with the colors.


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The Other Road to Hana

Not For Sale

Not For Sale

The better known road to Hana has a 30 mile stretch with 550 curves and over 50 one lane bridges through the rain forest. However, there is a  back way, but the car rental companies don’t want you to drive there.  The road is dry and relatively straight.  A few sections are a little bumpy or of graded gravel.  It is a series of narrow blind spots that have the car rental companies spooked.  You come to the top of a short steep hill on a one lane wide road and there is zero visibility with the possibility of oncoming traffic.

Eventually you arrive at Kipahulu, the lesser known side of Haleakala National Park. It will take another 20 minutes to reach Hana making it one of the hardest places to reach on Maui. Kipahulu is famous for its waterfalls and fresh water pools.

 

 


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Inside Haleakala

 

Crater #1

Crater #1

I have visited the crater previously, but this was the first time  I hiked down into it any real distance.  It might be a mile, but that takes one to an overlook providing a  different perspective than what is viewed from the rim.  My thanks to the girls for their volunteer modeling job.  They were photographed before the hike.  Remember, in only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).

 

 


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Iao Valley

Swimmer

Swimmer

This scenic spot is tucked away on West Maui.  It is not well known and usually skipped by those on the island for only a few days.

 

 


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Lahaina and Other Delights

Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding

Lahaina was once a whaling town, but today it is a tourist trap, its streets lined with souvenir shops and restaurants.  Other photos are from various beach locations.


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Finding Maui

World Cup Sunset

World Cup Sunset

You can start anywhere to find Maui, but my story starts at LAX before crossing 2600 miles of the Pacific Ocean to land on this island paradise in time to watch the sunset from Kihei beach.  These are all new photographs, captured yesterday.

 

 


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Art Houston Weekend

 

Door in a Green Wall

Door in a Green Wall

Art Houston is a coordinated series of gallery openings in the hottest part of the year.  These photos were taken at, outside of, or near the galleries.


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The Back Bay Abstracted

Prudentiall Center

Prudential Center

8 Photos in This Gallery

Non touristy travel photography from a non tourist traveler.  Happy Friday everyone!

 


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Boston II

Reflected Courtyard

Reflected Courtyard

The final installment of my non touristy adventures in the Back Bay area of Boston.


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Boston

Kids at a Fountain

For the last few days I have been at a convention in Boston.  Rather than go to the canned programs I have been wandering around the streets with my camera.  Yesterday the tail end of hurricane Andrew blew through here and it rained for hours.


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Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

Rust and a Window

Rust and a Window

This post takes its title from a show at Diverse Works, a Houston non-profit that supports visual arts.  Diverse Works specializes in installations, and this multiple artist show was no exception.


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Edgy Beauty and Tattoos 2014 II

Girl Blowing Bubbles

Girl Blowing Bubbles

More photographs from Houston Gay Pride 2014.  This is the third and final set.  Click on the “Home” button in the header to see the others.


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Edgy Beauty and Tattoos 2014

Redhead

Redhead

Yesterday I photographed these people at Houston Gay Pride 2014.  Five of them I have photographed previously, including the idiot preachers who were saying things so explicitly sexual and disgusting that I can’t repeat any of it here.  “Petite Tattooed Girl” acquired most of her ink in the last 12 months.  This year instead of the usual insufferable heat, it rained on and off.  Look for more photos tomorrow morning.


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Dubrovnik in Black and White

Old Town Portal

Old Town Portal

Many of those who follow my photography have an interest in black and white conversions of digital images. The native output of a digital camera is color, enabled by a Bayer filter built into the sensor. What is interesting about black and white conversions is the photographer is able to change the color response of the image after the fact by manipulating color channels prior to mapping those colors to greyscale tones. With film the usual method of accomplishing this task was with colored filters or using film with a different color response. It’s beginning to break down, but there is resistance in the fine art world to digital black and white.

More from Croatia: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/category/croatia/


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Jazz Night On 19th

Street Violinist

Street Violinist

5 Photos in this Gallery

The Houston Heights is a neighborhood with its own commercial district located on 19th street.  The merchants there stage several events each year to generate traffic.  Last night they had Jazz bands and a few offered free wine at their businesses.  Food trucks were parked nearby.  After about 6:30 PM our wickedly hot summer weather becomes tolerably hot, but it doesn’t matter because everyone is used to it.

 

 

 


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From the Rooftops

Old Town Keyhole

Old Town Keyhole

One of the most interesting things you can do in Dubrovnik is to walk the wall around Old Town.  They charge a steep $20 to go up there and there is no shortage of takers.  It takes about 1.5 hours to complete the circle while enjoying great views of the area.  The Kayaks were photographed from just outside of Old Town.  The final five photos were taken at locations away from Old Town, several were from my hotel balcony.


Dubrovnik Street Life

Two Girls at the Cathedral

Two Girls at the Cathedral

I was in Dubrovnik for 4 nights and had a lot of time to take photographs there. When I wasn’t looking out over the Adriatic from my hotel room, I was walking around looking for street scenes. My style of travel is to take things slowly. You will never find me in the 9 countries in 14 days mode.  Every time I see an interesting wall the doors and windows remind me of the colored rectangles in a Mondrian painting. The tights the two girls are wearing are typical. They are too thin to be called stretch pants.


Dubrovnik, Old Town

Croatian Claustrophobia

Croatian Claustrophobia

Dubrovnik is situated on hills that meet the Adriatic Sea.  It is famous for its large Old Town.  While the area is ancient, most of the roofs were replaced in the 1990’s after the war which erupted over the break up of Yugoslavia.  Because it is a popular cruise port, Old Town is jammed with tourists and people hawking short boat tours.  A beer will set you back $6, the most expensive in Croatia.  As usual, I give you the not usual in photography.  I even let a monochrome shot slip in this time.

Perhaps what I do with travel photography is an illusion.  I feel I have to throw in a few of the more typical shots just to prove I was there.  The entrance to Old Town appears deserted when it was not.  The harbor area is the best place to just hang out with tour boat traffic for entertainment in addition to people watching.  Of course there was water so I grabbed some abstracts.

This is the first of several posts from Dubrovnik.  Stay tuned.


Two Days on Korcula

 

Red Boat #2

Red Boat #2

From Split I took a ferry to Korcula.  It landed at the wrong end of the island, so I had to take a bus to Korcula town, one of the many preserved old cities in Croatia.  For my trouble I suffered through two days of cold, rainy weather and white skies.  Fortunately, I know how to make those skies look better and water abstracts work with flat lighting.  About half of the restaurants on the island do not take credit cards, so you will need to be visiting the well stocked ATM’s for Kruna. The entire Croatia trip is here: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/category/croatia/

 


Comicpalooza Houston 2014

Cute Ninja

Cute Psylocke

Comicpalooza is a science fiction and fantasy expo. It offers participants an escape from reality. Most of those in costume were young women, although a few guys came dressed up along with their girlfriends.

Link to Comicpalooza 2013: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/comicpalooza/


Split, Croatia Scenes

Mystery Mirror

Mystery Mirror

My wanderings took me up the hill above Split to visit the Jewish Cemetery.  Nobody has been interred there in about a century. I returned past the harbor and wandered through the claustrophobic alleys of old town.


Split, Croatia Street Shots

Split Harbor at Night

Split Harbor at Night

Split is a coastal city in Croatia.  Because of its old town featuring Byzantine architecture, Split gets a lot of tourist visits.  My hotel was in old town and about a block away from the waterfront, making for a perfect location.  Most of the dining in Split is in outdoor cafes, which unfortunately, are on the smokey side.  Traditionally street photography has been presented in black and white.  This trip, I have been shooting almost entirely in color.  Digital cameras capture in color by default, and I have been happy with the results my Nikon D800 is providing with its 36 MP sensor.  It is possible that I may do a selection in monochrome after all the color images are published.


Show me the waters of your home world…

Rainbow and Mist

Rainbow and Mist

The line for the title of this post is from a movie, Dune.  Yes, I confess to being a science fiction fan.  I also spend a disproportionate time in coastal areas, wetlands, on, or under the water.  These photos are from Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia.  As I shot these there were literally thousands of tourists crowding this place.  Somehow I managed to work around the crowds.  This collection ranges from offbeat landscapes, to semi abstract and totally abstract water images.


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